Adam Scott’s decision to return to an unanchored long putter has reignited debate around the anchoring rule that came into effect in 2016. We look at how Scott’s stroke has changed, whether it’s working and if you should try it.
As was the case with the short putt on the previous pages, Scott’s ability to maintain his angles and his stability in both his upper and lower body, as well as his head position, on the way back and through (pics 1, 2, 3 and 4) is to be admired and emulated, regardless of whether you use a short or long putter.
Scott then returns the putter and his hands to almost the same position at impact as it was at address (pic 4). This mirror image is one of the main reasons Scott’s consistency has improved with the long putter.